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Apple’s mythical tablet may soon arrive, but there’s still time to indulge in last-minute conjecture on what we can expect from Cupertino. So let’s try a thought experiment: a rundown of the ten things that would guarantee that Apple’s tablet is an enduring success.

Apple’s mythical tablet may or may not be here, but let’s indulge in last-minute conjecture on what Apple may have in store. So let’s try a thought experiment: a rundown of the 10 things that would guarantee that the tablet is an enduring success.

To begin with, I assume we all know what a tablet device is and what it does. Imagine an iPod touch with a 10-inch screen. I assume, too, that the tablet will run something similar to the touch-flavored OS at the heart of the iPhone — probably iPhone OS 4.0 (which has already been spotted in the wild).

Other lessons will be learned from the iPhone. Sleek industrial design, precious few hardware buttons and oleophobic coatings will feature in the spec sheet. So, too, will accelerometers, magnetometers and flux capacitors.

A cautionary note; despite assertions from unnamed Apple execs that we’re going to be “very surprised” by how we interact with the tablet, take it from an old cynic: It will be nothing like Apple’s 1987 Knowledge Navigator concept device (seen below). It might be similar in form factor, but I guarantee the Tablet has more in common with Apple’s venerable Newton than it does the crazily ambitious platonic paradigm that was the Navigator.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8217311&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=ffffff&fullscreen=1

Mag+ from Bonnier on Vimeo.

So with that out of the way, let’s get started with the 10 prescriptions for guaranteed tablet success for Apple, in reverse order:

10. OLED Display
I’m sure we won’t get this, and that’s a shame. Sure, we’ll still get HD resolution with an LCD, but the battery will suffer.

9. High-Definition Prowess
HD is crucial — 720p natively, 1080p via external screen. It has to manage at least three hours of continuous HD playback on a single battery charge.

8. eMagazine Reader
E-book readers are greyscale and dull. An eMagazine Reader offers colors, animations and adventure. (Plus, you can get automatic content delivery via iTunes subscriptions.) The concept below is by Bonnier R&D.

Mag+ from Bonnier on Vimeo.

7. Ubiquitous Connectivity
Sounds fancy, but it’s just a 3G radio for connecting to the Net. For an added awesome factor, let’s do it WhisperNet style, with no monthly 3G fees. (Never gonna happen, but what a wonderful dream!)

6. Cameras
That’s right, cameras is deliberately plural. One on the back and one embedded up-front for video iChat. Anything less than 5 megapixels, by the way, is criminal.

5. Touch Media
You know what we want here — multimedia creation, editing and consumption, all touch-friendly. The retrofitted iPhone’s iPod app just won’t cut it — what we need is a touch-based iTunes. And a touch-friendly iMovie would be very welcome.

4. Multitasking
We need real background processes, Apple. No excuses this time.

3. Awesome Battery
My dream in terms of battery life would be five days between full charges. But, realistically, this being a first-generation  device, the battery will probably be weak.

2. Apps
Actually, apps are doomed. HTML5 will see to that, eventually. Until then, Apple’s tablet needs to run all the apps already in the iTunes Store. Even the fart apps.

So, from an HD screen, Internet connectivity, incredible battery life and support for software to more factors, many things are needed to make the iTablet a success. What’s the one killer feature that will guarantee Apple’s tablet huge and sustainable success?

1. Price
It comes down to this. Most sane people will not buy a tablet if they can get a notebook (or an iPod touch!) that does all the same stuff at a lower price.

Of course, Apple may have already considered these things, and there are many other aspects of the iTablet that people are hoping for. While I’m sure we won’t get even half of these wish list (though perfectly reasonable) features, when Steve Jobs eventually makes the much-anticipated tablet announcement, he may convince many people that they need a tablet. If that happens, just check this list again for a brief reality check before reaching for your credit card.

Photo courtesy of Gizmodo. Photo rendering by Jesus Diaz.

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  1. I think not calling it the ‘iPad’ would make it a hit…

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    1. Lol, I was thinking the same thing!

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      1. Apple goes in first place, every prduct of apple is awesome, i have found this magazine about iPad http://magazine.joomag.com/iPad/179

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  2. I think that anything Apple comes out with will always be a hit.

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    1. Apple TV would beg to differ.

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      1. Thats’s why they didn’t name it iTV

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  3. “02. Apps Actually, apps are doomed. HTML5 will see to that, eventually. Until then, Apple’s tablet needs to run all the apps already in the iTunes store. Even the fart apps.”

    A lot of applications could be implemented as an HTML service today if you really wanted, but they aren’t, and I wouldn’t hold my breathe waiting for everything to become “HTML5″ based.

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  4. Looks like I’ll have to drub my Wacom graphic tablet. I paid 1000$ !

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    1. Why? I assume you mean a Cintiq or Tablet PC or Axiotron ModBook. These have resistive screens, levels of pressure sensitivity and use a stylus. Good for artists, people who outline and mindmap and people who like to write slowly. The touch screen currently in vogue are capacitive devices, having no stylus and lacking pressure sensitivity. These are good for consumers to manipulate media, send email and tweet and maybe annotate a few things. Two very different animals. Be happy with what you have.

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  5. “…apps are doomed. HTML5 will see to that, eventually.”

    eventually = 12 to 18 months.

    Also,

    Why isn’t support for voice on this list? Who would cough up $1200 bucks for this thing and not be able to speak to anyone with it?

    Absolutely preposterous to expect people to walk around carrying a iPad and and iPhone.

    In fact that was the debate right here on gigaom back in 2005, we all agreed that no one would carry a mobile phone and an MP3 player.

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    1. I would hope that a bluetooth headset would be able to provide call functions. Should the product hit the market, it will actually replace my iPhone with or without cell service!

      This would be the perfect business phone with SalesForce on the screen while making calls!

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      1. Yep, because it’s definately pratical to talk using a 10 inch gadget you have to take out of your bag every time someone calls you…

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    2. Among many reasons I invested in an iPhone, was that I assumed I would listen to music on it. I suspect that the majority are like me: Music is very low on the hierarchy of iPhone utility. My 160GB iPod Classic stays in my vehicle until it’s time to add to it. Apple knows me (us). This is why music in the cloud is the future.

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  6. How about a projector screen – full size, from Microvision?
    http://www.microvision.com

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  7. Not sure if this is possible yet with affordable consumer technology today, but I would love to see the camera implemented as a 5-10 megapixel hand-held lens on a retractable “snake” that connects to the iWhatever.

    This way, you can hold and point the camera with one hand, and see the video preview from the another hand holding the device.

    I just can’t picture people taking photos and videos at events by holding their tablets up in the air all the time.

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    1. I am surprised that a camera manufacturer has not simply used the iPhone as a processing engine for a lens and censor in a case.

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      1. Exactly. I’ve been waiting for this since the Iphone came out!

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      2. This doesn’t occur for the same reasons that Detroit can’t seem to come up with leading edge technology in terms of features or power plants (alternative energy): they’ve painted themselves into a mindset and cost structure corner that is only capable of completely verticalized of product design using only their own products. This locks them into their current product design paradigm and out of innovation like you are talking about.

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  8. For any iPad to be a hit, it should retain lots of moisture and not show any marks on the outside ;)

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  9. html 5 isn’t going to kill apps. maybe some day, some web based tech will largely kill apps on iPhone/iPad, but it sure as hell isn’t html 5. You lose too much richness and too many features. The limited video features in HTML5 just don’t cut it. And iTunes makes it very easy to monetize your ideas, so I see little incentive from the development community.

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    1. The incentive of Web apps for developers is that it gives them control over who accesses it.

      The initial advantage of the App Store was that iTunes had trained users to expect to pay but, now, there are a growing number of hacked iPhones and it has been shown, in cases where a game sends information back to the developer, that the vast majority of users of certain games have pirated it.

      The Slate will allow more advanced, more complicated and probably more expensive apps to exist, this will increase the momentum and speed at which it will be hacked. The initial advantage of the App Store (that people were willing to pay) could be overtaken and developers will find themselves back in the normal software situation, in which paid sales come from a tiny minority of users.

      Running as a Web app, however, gives the developer the option of allowing access only to unique device IDs that are tied to an actual sale or subscription. Such apps cannot be copied and distributed because the logic of the app remains on the developer’s server.

      It will be a bumpy road, not least because such an eco-system will require “always-on” Internet access, but that is the direction in which commercial software will inevitably move.

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  10. Thank you for including #5 Touch Media on your list of needed features (overlaps with #8 eMagazine Reader, I think). It is the only unique feature thus far for a tablet. In particular, you are right to emphasize that touch media must allow for creation as well as consumption if the tablet is to have any longer-term staying power.

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  11. I have been hoping for a dock-able solution that is actually a Mac when connected to a monitor. That will likely not be this! But, the future of computing is really about reducing application complexity to a focused task. Outside of writing and general document editing, much of what we do revolves around communication and data.

    I am working on some prototypes which center on education at the primary level. Having developed a CMS system for content with a focus on catalogs and magazines, my comments on content I believe are reflected in the reality of usage. Do you find news by going to the New York Times or through aggregators. Do you find information through Twitter or sites? How do you find new music?

    Content will be application like in the near future, and my project centers around a reduced version of Google Wave. The question is about how we intersperse content with communication. I rarely read an entire magazine or listen to an entire album, and the interesting thing about MotoBlur for me was the demonstration that flow could be an interesting concept while in motion.

    The new television is YouTube. The new magazine table of contents is Twitter. Shareable media objects will kill the concept of artificially timed published artifacts.

    Other than that, cool!

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  12. I believe that the “surprising” form of interaction that Apple execs have been hinting at is, in fact, Back-of-Device Interaction, as discussed in this GigaOM article:

    http://gigaom.com/2009/12/18/the-promise-of-back-of-device-interaction/

    It would be a truly killer feature as it would allow full-size keyboard interaction, full-speed typing AND touch features without obscuring the user’s view of their 10″ screen.

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  13. I also believe that the screen will be the Pixel Qi full-daylight screen.

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  14. [...] the slate computer: Verizon Wireless expects slates to come to market in a big way in 2010; Apple appears to be mere weeks away from introducing its much-hyped tablet, rumored to be dubbed iSlate; and a handful of Android-based [...]

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  15. With regards to the surprising interaction, my conjecture is voice. Before everyone throws in their two cents about “clunky” voice operated software, let’s all agree that when Apple rolls out a frequently tread upon feature, it is head and shoulders above it’s predecessors. Smooth voice operation is the next step for computers if they’re are moving to tablet form. Why would we be surprised about a new way to type? While mouse clicking on hyperlinks will still remain a touch/mouse issue, basic app start up, searching, and dictation will be done by voice command.

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    1. While I agree that voice will play some small part in the Slate, just as it does in the current iteration of the iPhone, it could not be the surprise they are talking about.

      Firstly, it is a technology they already use, it could not be a surprise, even if much improved.

      Secondly, voice has been around too long, in too many forms, to ever be considered a surprise in any device. For instance, no-one was surprised when it was added to the iPHone or the iPod.

      Thirdly, no form of voice control could ever be stylish and discreet enough to be the main form of interaction – you couldn’t sit in a meeting dictating notes to yourself and Apple users would not be considered cool for much longer if cafes were suddenly invaded by hordes of babbling Slate users.

      No, the surprise won’t be voice, it will be something else that addresses the most obvious gap, the lack of a physical keyboard and the unsuitability of an onscreen keyboard to a device the size of a paperback. The obvious solution is a touch sensitive rear, allowing the Slate to be gripped fingers to the rear and thumbs to the front, giving you the spatial range of a full-size Qwerty keyboard and full typing speeds once you got used to the unusual (but ergonomically excellent) wrist position.

      If there is going to be a surprise, that is exactly what the surprise will be: the technology exists, it is sufficiently big to be a surprise and it makes perfect sense in the context of a tablet device.

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      1. Bluetooth virtual keyboard with a laser image of the keyboard where you can type on any surface, including your thighs. I’ve seen the technology and loved the concept. Perfect for this product.

        And Flash or some type of multimedia reader so I could see embedded media (like the above bit on Apple’s old technology; useless on my iPhone). I know, everyone hates Flash. Great. I don’t care what it is…as long as it works. And right now, this is lacking especially If the iPad is to be considered as a comprehensive device.

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  16. A camera will not make or break this thing, 3G is not impossible (the nook has it), OLED isn’t too far fetched but remember Pixel Qi?, multi-tasking for what again?, and no-one knows what the price will be so judgements shouldn’t be made so soon. This device that people with so called “sources” have made many predictions about will likely target a specific market and I suggest people wait and see like they’ve been doing since 2003 (when many news reporters suggested an Apple Tablet was on the way)

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  17. I hope it works with Apple’s slim blue tooth keyboard in addition to multitouch. In fact. I wish the iPhone supported connectivity for the same keyboard. Sometimes you need to write longer emails and the virtual keyboard just won’t cut it, but I would throw the keyboard into my travel bag in heartbeat if it worked with the iphone and leave the laptop at home on shorter trips.

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  18. Did anybody just notice that the MacBook is on sale for $728? Hmmm! Maybe this is the mythical tablet Mac!

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  19. How about internet capable? As in, ‘can play streaming audio and video’ as my six-year old desktop can. Enough already of purpose built apps for one or two or a few streaming radio stations and slavish dedication to YouTube videos.

    Flash capable?

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  20. Basically, we want a 10-inch iphone running Mac OS X?

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  21. Given the 10 items you mention (which would be great!), the iGuide (or whatever it will be called) would cost $1,000+! And at that price would flop!

    Plus, Apple, like other manufacturers of tech goodies, knows to roll out the features over time to keep interest high.

    One thing I don’t believe people realize is how small a 10″ screen actually is. Take an 8 1/2 x 11 1/2″ piece of paper and fold it lengthwise in two (so it ends up 5.5 x 8.5). That’s the size of a 10″ tablet! Amazingly small isn’t it?!! I think many will be surprised and many disappointed when they see it.

    But small is beautiful; it will be eminently holdable; easily put into a backpack, side coat pocket, or briefcase; and incredibly addictive to use. In short, after people get over the surprise of how small 10″ device is, they’ll swarm to it!

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    1. My 1 year old Asus 1000HE netbook has a 10.1 inch screen, and a 85% of full-size keyboard, along with 7 hrs battery life with WiFi. I’ve been using it on the road, and like the form factor very much. I paid < $400.

      If this iPad/Slate/Thing has the same size screen, and some type of keyboard option, and half the weight… I’d consider it at $600.

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  22. Ironic, isn’t it? Steve Jobs’s life work culminates in the Knowledge Navigator, the device espoused by his Apple nemesis, John Sculley! Sculley must be smiling, broadly.

    Apple could do well putting out something that functions as wonderfully as the Knowledge Navigator. The Youtube video on it, while slow-paced, is remarkably prescient, including touch screen, integrated to-do and phone calling, etc. The on screen avatar (who looks like Bill Nye the Science Guy), is the high-tech’s Jeeves! Great stuff!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRH8eimU_20

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    1. Not exactly. Apple’s recent success hasn’t been with “academic tools” like KN but with “entertainment tools” as in Job’s “Media Center” concept.

      The problem is that computers simply can’t do enough on their own like in this video to pass themselves off successfully as “Knowledge Navigator” tries to portray. Additionally the market for “Knowledge Navigator” types of products is absolutely tiny – there is no long term growth potential or size sufficient to fund Apple’s level of research quality.

      The KN market is mostly intellectuals and academics as early and sole adopters. Steve already has seen the limits of targeting that market when he ran into a market wall with Next targeting the same basic market demographic. The Media Center concept (which includes the iMac, iPod, MacOS X features like Quartz graphics and Quartz Composer types of features, iPhone, iTunes Store, etc.) is the answer to that learned experience. It’s entertainment-centric which is the necessary bridge to later adoption in the bulk. You also aren’t seeing an “SGI” type of graphics and media strategy with Apple (for the same reasons) – the adoption chasm is too gaping.

      The fetish value of “knowledge tools” doesn’t translate to broader populations well and academic types falsely imagine the rest of the world is “just like them” and thus must necessary want something like a KN. The existing web (with all its emergent idiosyncrasies) is likely about is close as real life will ever get to a KN system.

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    2. The Knowledge Navigator video was filmed in my living room.

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  23. Oh, forget to mention one other thing. The Knowledge Navigator video is also prescient in another way, too. Its brilliant and informative presentation of global warming. It’s Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth years before the documentary came out. (Perhaps someone saw an early slide show of his?!)

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  24. Eye-tracking would be nice as well :)

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  25. This list is the iPad’s biggest risk. People’s imaginations and expectations are way out of line with what can be created in a portable, affordable device with good battery life.

    Everyone wants to be Tom Cruise in Minority Report. What they’re going to get is a jumbo-sized iPod touch.

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  26. Ceebee – Please see Apple TV. Mac Mini is hardly a hit nor is Mac Air, although those two aren’t failures.

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  27. [...] And as you read further, you will see, the most glaring absence from this list is none other than Intel which has been trying to get its chips designed into future tablet devices.  (Related post: 10 features that would make iPad a hit.) [...]

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  28. [...] 10 Features that would make iPad a hit. [...]

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  29. [...] 10 Features That Would Make iPad a Hit [...]

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  30. What a waste of time and money. My iPhone already does this and more (camera, phone calls, SMS/MMS). Have fun on the failboat with your product that is only popular 5-7 days of the month…

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  31. If the iPad had a lens with 5MP of resolution it would be huge

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  32. The only thing that would make this a must have is a fully functional web browser that allows me to do work email and view Flash. Without that, this is a big iPhone…and I have one of those (and like it quite alot – but not enough to buy a bigger one).

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  33. meh, the ipad is getting pretty mixed reviews, even from celebrity musicians voicing their opinion through Twitter. John Mayer loves it. Q-Tip not so much.

    you can see a bunch more artist reactions on Twitter here: http://mog.com/MOG_Features/blog/1726911

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  34. Matthew Motamedi Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    6 reasons NOT TO BUY THE IPAD,
    6 reasons NOT TO BUY THE ICAN’T

    1st Does not have a camera built in.

    2nd Does not take CD or is not compatible with any devices that would enable it to.

    3rd NOT scratch resistant

    4th Only 64 gigs, SMALL AMOUNT OF MEMORY

    5th Not Good for school as a school tablet.

    6th DOES NOT have a stand to hold up for comfortable and easy typing and finger movement postures, making it completely uncomfortable.

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  35. Ipad would never make it big. I’d rather spend my money on a netbook than this big Ipod touch.

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  36. It only costs 500 dollers!!

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  37. Summary of the iPad:

    -It doesn’t have an SD card slot or USB slot. You want to load all your photos on it? You need to buy a special dongle and attach it to the iPad. Ah yes, that’s convenient and cost-effective.

    -You need to lay it flat and look straight down at it to type on it. It’s not like a netbook or laptop where the keyboard is flat and the screen is in front of your face.

    -You can buy a keyboard accessory — you can spend extra money to turn a low-power netbook-type tablet into a non-portable desktop computer. Meanwhile there are products like Lenovo U1 Hybrid where you can slip the tablet into a netbook shell and turn it into a portable, foldable laptop.

    -Apple wants to say it will be great for reading books and magazines, but it has a bright, glossy LCD screen. Meanwhile, electronic book reader devices use an electronic ink technology that doesn’t strain the eyes and can be used in the sun.

    -You cannot multitask. You can only do one task at a time. If you want to surf the web and type into a document, you can’t. You need to exit one and then open the other.

    -No flash support. Enjoy the web without much of its content!

    -Doesn’t use a real operating system, like Windows or Mac OSX. It runs like an iPhone, not a laptop.

    -It costs $500, minimum, and has a 1 ghz processor. You’re paying $500 for something that has about the same capabilities as an iPod Touch, but is huge. Products with similar specs and abilities as the iPad cost less than that. If you want the model with enough disk space and 3G to make it worth your while, it’s $800.

    My netbook has a 1.6 ghz Atom processor and cost me $200. And my netbook has an SD slot so I can make the hard drive space as large as I want. And my netbook has USB ports. And I can do multiple tasks on my netbook. Fact is, tablets have been around forever and the mainstream market didn’t want them. Just because they’ve slapped an Apple logo on it, should people suddenly want it?

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  38. Looking forward to the 3D version to play Avatar DVD. I heard they really will call it iMaxiPad.

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  39. The iPad will eventually take the place of laptop computers. Okay you snicker at that now, but just wait. As this technology and device matures in the next few years, people with laptops will be old school. This one screen device, this iPad, is much like what Apple did with the iMac. The CPU box was eliminated and the whole computer is the screen. This is the beginning of the transition from laptops that do no have to flip open or have a hard keyboard to be useful. Most people do not have to type long documents on the go anyway. Save that for the home, office or hotel room where the hard keyboard dock is. The software keyboard will improve and as people use it more it will become familiar, comfortable and easy. We will no longer miss a hard keyboard as much as we thought we would. The iPad ushers in a new era where ultra portability and convenience is combined with simplicity and power. A device should disappear in your hand and the content should be the dominant factor. A bulky, clam-shell laptop does not accomplish that but the iPad does, and it does it very eloquently. Say goodbye to your laptop because it had it’s time. Now it’s time for a new way of thinking and living. New technology. Remember, there once was a Sony Walkman cassette tape player with a door, with buttons with a cassette, all replaced by the iPod. It’s not hard to see the writing on the wall for laptops. The question is, are you ready for a new way? Or will you be stuck in the past clinging on to the last breath of your ancient laptop?

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    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAhahahaha.

      Are you serious? I mean, the thing doesn’t have a real OS, its a giant iPod Touch. Most people DO want to multitask. Most people DO want ALL the internet content out there. Most people DO want to load their own software.

      Not to mention that fact that you can play a bu-ray, nor can you store more than 2 copies on on, so HD playback is out unless you buy another copy of the movie from iTunes. You cant hook this thing up to your TV to watch what you have.

      Its basically junk.

      UMPCs have been out for a decade and none of them have caught on because of their limitations. This is a giant iPhone and the iPhone does it better because its smaller and can make phone calls.

      iPad = Fail

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      1. Gerard Brennen Sunday, February 14, 2010

        You can hook it up to your tv! The Ipad will simply develop over time and get better.

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    2. Gerard Brennen Sunday, February 14, 2010

      I agree with you completely. Not many understand that the majority of the time, they do not do work on the go. Those that use laptops eventually find themselves sitting at their home desk doing the work, which seems to be the majority of the time. Having and Ipad that you can use away from the desk with simple functions, such as reading books, playing games, and watching movies sounds like a natural idea. I believe people will find the ipad fits into their daily routine naturally and will wander how they lived without one.

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  40. … No mention of a reworked UI?

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  41. I guess 8 out of ten is pretty damn good

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  42. I can’t believe people were waiting on an enlarged iTouch. Not only that but are willing to pay over $400 for it!

    Place a magnifying glass over your iTouch and you will have the iPad and by gosh it will be free!

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    1. Gerard Brennen Sunday, February 14, 2010

      I think if anyone buys a pc tablet will be wasting their money. tablets are simply a trend and why would anyone want to do all of their work on a tiny screen that will be difficult to use. On the other hand, the Ipad is a different kind of product. Its not designed for work you would do at the desk. It is designed for the things you want to do away from the desk, such as reading books, playing games, reading magazines. the Ipad will bring all of your media into one device, making it convenient easily accessible. You will be able to purchase all of your media from one spot. I see this as a big hit.

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      1. I would buy a tablet in a minute if it had more functionality than this iPad. That there is no Flash makes it not fully web usable. That it can’t multi-task makes it a PITA if I want to listen to my satellite radio while reading email. That it has a limited Safari interface (my work email doesn’t function on my iPhone) makes it a no way possible device.

        Google is supposed to be coming out with something soon. I hope it’s more functional than the iPad.

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  43. Yeah I know, no Flash and no camera…I still think it’s a great product that will only get better. Price will come down, memory will go up within a year or two.

    But what about the fight over the iPad name with Fujitsu? It’s going to be real interesting to see where this story goes. Will Apple actually have to give up the name iPad at this stage in the game?

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    1. Gerard Brennen Sunday, February 14, 2010

      I agree! The Ipad is a great product that will only get better.

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  44. Since the ipad has been put on display I think it will sell but in the long run? I wonder if the Ipad will be more of a niche product or will it have larger appeal.

    I currently have a kindle and enjoy but the down side is the grey scale that all of books come in. Adding color to the images would be a big enhancement and it looks like the ipad has that covered.

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  45. I think the real challenge for the new iPad will be the iScale application, you can see what i mean visiting http://www.666ish.com.

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  46. Charlie Schaefer Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    The ipad is a waste of money. Mosst of the qualities it has is what we have in our house. Also if your on the go it will only last 10 hours out of the day. Wide screen movies will suck. and why pay for books and read it on an ipad when you can get a real book in your hands. And you can only do one thing at a time. if your on the internet you cant listen to music while browsing. If your writing a document you cant minimize it and go do something else you have to close it. you cant even listen to music while typing it. Also it doesnt have a camera. we have everything that the ipod has. a regular computer is better than the ipad. we have tv’s we also have ipods or mp3s. The ipad is a waste of money. if someone is going to buy it its just going to be for showing off.

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    1. Gerard Brennen Sunday, February 14, 2010

      Initially I understood your argument and agreed with you, but I can see where the product is going. You said, “why pay for books and read it on an ipad when you can get a real book in your hands?” I believe the Ipad will be a great study tool for students and professionals that do not want to lug around many text books that are cumbersome and weighty. There will be many study tools you will be able to use when reading a book, which you will not be able to do with a hand held book.
      “If your writing a document you cant minimize it and go do something else you have to close it. you cant even listen to music while typing it.” The Ipod touch is so simple and it runs so quickly that you can close one application and open another in a matter of seconds. You will be able to move from one app to another as if it was multi-tasking. And you can listen to music while you are typing. I have an Ipod touch and I can listen to music while running all kinds of applications. And the Ipad will have a camera developed for it. I rather have a desktop computer for all of my work and have an Ipad for portable purposes, such as watching moves, reading books, and playing games.

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  47. Those features would make a already awesome tablet a better one!!!!!!

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  48. Without any camera is fine so me, i might be getting one.

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  49. Apple needs to incorporate flash into their ipods, iphones and this ipad. i hate going to sites and not being able to use them because they’re flash

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    1. Gerard Brennen Sunday, February 14, 2010

      I dont think apple needs to incorporate flash. The Iphone and Ipad is a big hit without it already. flash is a waste of time! flash will not make the product more appealing!

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      1. You don’t think it needs flash? flash is a must have for any internet device. why spend more for something that can do less? you can find a decent netbook that can do everything this will and more for less. its a ipod touch with a larger screen. it doesn’t even have more memory than a touch. i bet you think its cool that every apple product is restricted in its expandability. what you get when you buy it is what you’ll have forever

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  50. Gerard Brennen Sunday, February 14, 2010

    I think the Ipad will be a big hit! Not many people see the need for it yet, but when they get their hands on one, they will be surprised to see how well it performs and the reasons for it as a very simple device. Running smaller versions of windows vista, XP and windows 7 is not the answer for a tablet. those operating systems are not designed for tablets and will only make the devices difficult to use. Why would anyone want to do all their work on a tiny tablet. That does not make any sense to me. It seems that having a PC tablet is simply a trend and not a necessity. The Ipad is not a PC tablet. It is another kind of device with a specific purpose. I believe the Ipad has more practical uses than a tiny PC tablet.

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  51. Gerard is doing yeoman service here in batting down the more pointless or ill-considered swipes at this new device which — let’s please remember — none of us has actually seen yet.

    This flood of negative comments that began immediately after the product announcement reminds me not so much of the negative reaction to the iMac, the iPod or the iPhone (which now look ridiculous in hindsight) but to the almost hysterical wailing of people who absolutely hated the newly announced Macintosh in 1984 (who had also never actually seen one).

    In particular, the obsessive ticking off of all the things the new device can’t do or doesn’t have — a real operating system, for example — reads like a bunch of recycled comments from 26 years ago, with a few words and phrases replaced by newer equivalents.

    It’s hard now to remember — and I suppose most of the commentators are too young, anyway — but people really were uncomfortable with the idea that with a Mac, you couldn’t type a string of instructions into a command line that looked like this:

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    That’s a blinking cursor there. This is what a real computer looked like. And a real computer had an operating system with a serious-sounding name like MS-DOS or CP/M. The Mac just had all these little pictures and some menus that dropped down from the top of the screen. It had a “mouse”! It had a tiny screen. It was a toy.

    It didn’t use industry-standard 5-inch floppy disks. It didn’t have a separate monitor, or a hard drive. It didn’t run industry-standard software. “WYSIWYG” was a gimmick. The mouse wouldn’t work. (Seriously: nobody had even touched this mouse, but they knew it wouldn’t work. It would slow things down. It was awkward and unnatural.) Above all, perhaps, it was just too cute. Everything that a Mac could do (which wasn’t much) you could do more easily, more powerfully, and much more cheaply with a good old IBM PC.

    It’s kind of fun, in a perverse way, to hear this stuff all over again, in a new and updated version. How does this happen, I wonder? It almost makes you believe in some form of psychic reincarnation.

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    1. laughing at you Friday, February 19, 2010

      the difference between the mac in 84 and the ipad is the fact that with the GUI on the mac it was a step forward and it opened up possibilities. with the ipad the OS is limiting what you can do. you can download only what they have on their site. you can’t use anything but the apps they decide are ok. that is the biggest problem with the OS. i agree it would be worth buying if it had a version of snow leopard, or a different OS that let you actually do more. i just don’t see any point in paying more than double for a larger screen and bad lcd book reader when you can get everything else in an ipod touch.

      which brings to mind another thing. everyone keeps saying that this will beat out the kindle. not likely. it can’t be used outdoors like the kindle can. thats its biggest problem. i’m not anti apple just anti paying more than something is worth

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      1. You absolutely can read this outside. I had my Kindle for the iPhone with me for two weeks in Mexico just a couple of weeks ago and read it daily sitting poolside. I still won’t buy an iPad but I think it beats the kindle hands down. I just want more (like a fully functioning Internet browser and multitasking).

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  52. I think they did a horrible job with the ipad. It has so many defects, is it really worth all the trouble?

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  56. aha, now it’s really hot!
    there are so many ipad enthusiast all over the world!
    Now got the ipad, you can watch movies, enjoy favourite videos, read ebooks, play games, read news and so on. aha, I think enjoy yourself with iPad will need many apps and tools, Here I’d like to share a list of iPad apps and games to all, go to ifunia iPad column and ifunia iPad video tools.
    just have fun!

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    1. Let us know when we can watch Flash videos and I’ll go buy one. Until then, iPass.

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  57. I think you are right.

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  58. “Apps are doomed???” In hindsight… with over 25,000 iPad apps already available in the App Store… I don’t think so.

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